Becky Tungol, newly installed chairperson of the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM), announced the priority programs of her administration when she delivered her inaugural address at PACCM’s 29th annual Valentine’s Ball held last Feb. 11 at the Marriott Hotel in Troy.
At the same event, the new officers and board directors of PACCM were sworn into office by Philippine Honorary Consul General Jose Evangelista.
In her address, Tungol said, “The big challenge that we face every year is to raise funds amounting to about $60,000 to enable us to maintain the building and continue providing services to the community.”[box type=”default” size=”large”] ‘The challenge is to raise enough funds for center’s operations’ [/box]She said, “Our plan is to increase the PACCM membership to a number that the fees would be big enough to cover some of our expenses. I know this is difficult to achieve but it’s not impossible if we unite and focus on recruiting more members.”
She thanked the people who attended the Valentine’s Ball, saying “your mere presence is a testimony of your commitment to help PACCM.”
Tungol said that the PACCM board plans to do the following: To continue making the PACCM building as a place for children of Filipino-Americans to learn their rich Filipino culture and traditions; to continue maintaining the building so it can serve as “home away from home” for Filipinos; to see to it that the building is well kept so that it can serve as a meeting place “for us to celebrate, enjoy and share our camaraderie;” and to help the seniors in alleviating their loneliness and health woes.
The new PACCM chairperson praised her predecessor, Dr. Ernestina “Ernie” delos Santos-Mac, for the sacrifices she had made in the last six years to keep the PACCM “open and available for the education of our children.”
Tungol said that Doctor Mac shared her time and resources “not only to PACCM but also to other people and causes. She is an extraordinary woman whose generosity knows no bound. Her passion to serve will be our inspiration to continue her work.”
Tungol also lauded Fred Porte, outgoing executive director of PACCM, saying “his performance was second to none. He had worked tirelessly in the last eight years to keep the center always clean and organized.”
Later, PACCM presented a special award to Doctor Mac. Responding to the honor bestowed on her, Mac thanked the outgoing officers and board members “for your passion and hard work. We have been a team and we will always be a team.”
Mac said, “To our generous community members, FILAMCCO, corporate sponsors, pillars, benefactors, donors and golf sponsors, I thank your for your kindness and generosity.”
She also said that although she is stepping down from the chairmanship, she will still be around, working even harder to enable us to keep our center open.
She added that she personally knows most of the new officers and board of directors led by Becky Tungol “so I can assure you that the PACCM is in good hands.”
Meanwhile, in his message, Honorary Consul Evangelista expressed his “appreciation for the overwhelming response of the Michigan community to the Typhoon ‘Sendong’ Disaster Relief Fund Drive,” noting that the Filamcco Foundation then headed by Becky Tungol collected at least $18,000 for the benefit of the typhoon victims.
DTE Energy Executive Iqbal Singh, one of the VIPs who graced the affair, also greeted the PACCM on the celebration of its 29th anniversary.